Yang Mi

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Yang Mi
Chinese name 楊冪 (traditional)
Chinese name 杨幂 (simplified)
Pinyin Yáng Mì (Mandarin)
Jyutping Joeng4 Mik6 (Cantonese)
Ethnicity Han Chinese
Origin Beijing, China
Born (1986-09-12) 12 September 1986 (age 30)
Beijing, China
Other name(s) Mimi Yang
Occupation Actress, singer, producer
Genre(s) Mandopop
Label(s)
Show City Times
(2011–present)
Universal Music China
(2011–present)[1]
Years active 1991–present (actress)
2011–present (singer)
Associated acts William Feng
Tiffany Tang
Spouse(s) Hawick Lau (m. 2014)
Children 1
Ancestry China
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yang.

Yang Mi (born 12 September 1986) is a popular Chinese actress and singer. She made her acting debut in historical television series Tang Ming Huang, and later received acclaim for her leading roles in the television dramas and movies such as The Return of the Condor Heroes (2006), Chinese Paladin 3 (2009), Palace (2011) and Tiny Times (2013–2015), The Breakup Guru (2014), Legend of the Ancient Sword (2014) and The Interpreter (2016).

Early life[edit]

Yang Mi was born to a police officer and a housewife. She was given name "幂" (exponentiation) because her parents are both surnamed Yang.[2] The China Children's Film Studio held a children's television show training course and her parents signed her up for it. She also graduated from the now-defunct Beijing Xuanwu Experimental Primary School. Yang is also a student in Beijing Film Academy's Performance Institute.

Career[edit]

Beginnings and Rise to Fame[edit]

In 1990, at the age of four, Yang made her acting debut in the historical television series Tang Ming Huang directed by Chen Jialin, playing the role of a young Princess Xianning. Two years later, she starred in the television series Hou Wa, which won the 14th Flying Goddess Award and 12th Golden Eagle Award for Best Children's Television Series. She also had a minor role as Beggar So's daughter in King of Beggars (1992), which starred Stephen Chow as the titular character.

In the early 2000s, Yang rose to fame for her roles in television series such as Strange Tales of Liao Zhai (2005), The Return of the Condor Heroes (2006) and Wang Zhaojun (2007). Yang gained popularity after starring in Chinese Paladin 3 (2009). The television series was broadcast on four major TV channels and garnered a strong audience following.

In 2010, she starred in The Dream of Red Mansions. Although her role was minor, she received praises for her acting performance. She then starred in the big-budget historical fiction television drama Beauty's Rival in Palace, portraying the highly-skilled beauty Mo Xuechi. The series premièred on a Shanghai TV station in March 2010 with the highest rating of the year, which further boosted her acting acclaim.

Mainstream Popularity[edit]

2011[edit]

Yang's breakthrough role was the time-travelling protagonist Luo Qingchuan in Palace. The series became a commercial hit, placing first in its ratings slot nationally, and gained one of the highest viewership ratings of the year; online views also went on to surpass the 100 million mark. The success of the drama brought Yang mainstream popularity, and she won the Magnolia Award for Most Popular Actress at the 17th Shanghai Television Festival . The theme song sung by Yang, titled "In support of the love (爱的供养)", also became very popular and won Best Theme Song at the 6th Huading Awards.

The same year, she acted in in horror film Mysterious Island. The movie broke box office records to become the most successful horror film in China, and won Yang the Most Popular Film Actress Award at the 2011 Grand Ceremony. Mei Ah Entertainment announced that it will be producing four tailored-made films (Wu Dang, Chinese Princess Turandot, Windseeker, and Butterfly Cemetery) for Yang with a total investment of 300 million yuan for the four films due to the box office success of Mysterious Island.

2012[edit]

In 2012, Yang set up her personal studio. She then released her first solo album Close to Me. In March, her production studio announced that she would be taking on the role of a producer for the first time, and would be collaborating with Ming Dao's studio and Warner Bros to produce the Chinese version of the American series Gossip Girl. The youth idol drama series is tentatively called China Girl, and has cast Korean actress Park Min-young in one of the lead roles.

The year 2012 was also a transition year for Yang. In order to break out of her usual roles in the historical genres, Yang starred in modern drama Beijing Love Story, which won her Most Popular Actress at the 26th China TV Golden Eagle Award; and the epic republic-era drama Ru Yi. She also starred in the romantic comedy film Holding Love alongside Hawick Lau. The movie was released on the day of Qixi Festival, also known as Chinese Valentine’s Day, and topped box office charts.

Due to her popularity, she landed a role in Painted Skin: The Resurrection, a sequel to Gordon Chan's 2008 box office hit Painted Skin. The film grossed over 700 million yuan to become one of the highest grossing Chinese film of all-time. In recognition of her box office appeal, Yang was named the Film Actress with the Most Commercial Value at the 2012 LeTV Awards.

2013–2014[edit]

In January 2013, Yang took on the role of a drama producer for the first time. She collaborated with Huan Rui Shi Ji to produce the drama series The Micro Era of Love. Yang stars in the drama as the main character, Luo Yi, who is a film star. In August, she won the Best Producer Award at the 2013 Asian Idol Awards.

The same year, she was invited by Hawick Lau to star in his first self-produced drama A Clear Midsummer Night. Upon its premiere, it quickly became popular with the audience, becoming the first drama in 2013 to surpass 100 million views.

Yang then starred as the female protagonist Lin Xiao in the Chinese drama film series Tiny Times, based on Guo Jingming's best-selling novel of the same name. The first installment of the film was released in 2013, and immediately became a commercial hit. The second installment was released in the same year, with subsequent films released in 2014 and 2015. Overall, the Tiny Times is one of the most successful local franchise in mainland China.

Following Yang's phenomenal success in 2013, she ranked #1 on 2014’s Top 100 most buzzed about stars in China and #7 in Forbes China Celebrity 100.

In 2014, Yang starred in Deng Chao's self-directed film The Breakup Guru. The romantic comedy was a huge commercial success, and along with Yang's other film Tiny Times 3, grossed more than 1 billion RMB in a month.

Yang then returned to television, starring in fantasy-wuxia drama Legend of the Ancient Sword. The series captured the first-place spot among TV show ratings and online views surpassed a billion; cementing Yang's status as a rating queen in television series. She ranked #6 in Forbes China Celebrity 100.

2015–2016[edit]

Yang starred in numerous films in 2015. First, she starred in You Are My Sunshine, based on the popular novel Silent Separation written by Gu Man; alongside Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy. The film opened in China on April 30, 2015 and earned 6.7 million admissions in its opening weekend, debuting at number two at the Chinese box office.

She then starred in romance anthology film Cities in Love, suspense crime drama film The Witness (a remake of the hit Korean film Blind) in which plays a blind woman for the first time; and the romance film Fall in Love Like a Star, where she plays an agent who falls in love with a famous celebrity (played by Li Yifeng).

In December, Yang started filming for the science fiction action movie Fatal Countdown: Reset, produced by Jackie Chan.

In January 2016, Yang was cast in Three Lives, Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms, adapted from the novel of the same name by TangQi Gongzi. In April 2016, she started filming for the wuxia film Brotherhood of Blades.

In June, workplace romance drama The Interpreters starring Yang and actor Huang Xuan premiered on Hunan TV. This marks her first appearance on TV after she gave birth to her first child. The Interpreters immediately attracted a large audience following, reaching viewership ratings as high as 2%, which is a huge success in China. It also acquired a national viewer rating share of 6.87%, and subsequently topped 2016's overall market share for the first half of the year.

In September, Yang reunited with Tiny Times director in the film L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties.

Personal life[edit]

In early 2012, Yang Mi revealed the relationship with an Hong Kong actor-singer Hawick Lau through her Weibo. Then on November 11, 2013 she announced their engagement.[3][4] Yang Mi and Hawick Lau were married in Bali, Indonesia on January 8, 2014. She gave birth to their daughter, nicknamed Little Sticky Rice (小糯米) on June 1, 2014 in Hong Kong.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Chinese title Role Notes
1992 King of Beggars 武状元苏乞儿 Beggar So's daughter
1993 Heroes' Calamities 英雄劫 Mr Su's daughter
1997 Singer 歌手 Xiaoxia's cousin
2005 Beijing Fairytale 北京童话 Zhu Zhu TV movie
2007 The Door Wenxin
2011 Mysterious Island 孤岛惊魂 Shen Yilin
East Meets West 2011 东成西就2011 Yang Mi Cameo appearance
2012 All's Well, Ends Well 2012 八星抱喜 Chen Sisi
Perfect Two 新天生一对[6] Fang Jiawei
Love in the Buff 春娇与志明[7] Shang Youyou alternative title Love in a Puff 2
On My Way 跑出一片天 Xie Zi Cameo appearance
Painted Skin: The Resurrection 画皮II Que'er
Wu Dang 大武当之天地密码[8][9] Tianxin
The Bullet Vanishes 消失的子弹[10] Xiao Yunque
Holding Love Hold住愛[11] Zhou Jing
All for Love 三个未婚妈妈 Xiao Ma Cameo appearance
2013 Tiny Times 小时代 Lin Xiao
Tiny Times 2 小时代:青木时代 Lin Xiao
Saving Mother Robot 玛德2号 Primary School Teacher
2014 Snow Blossom 大寒桃花开 Taohua Kai Filmed in 2004
The Breakup Guru 分手大师 Ye Xiaochun
Tiny Times 3 小时代:刺金时代 Lin Xiao
2015 You Are My Sunshine 何以笙箫默 Zhao Mosheng
Tiny Times 4 小时代4:灵魂尽头 Lin Xiao
Cities in Love 恋爱中的城市 Zi Tong
The Witness 我是证人 Lu Xiaoxing
Fall in Love Like a Star 怦然星动 Tian Xin
2016 L.O.R.D: Legend of Ravaging Dynasties 爵迹 Shen Yin
Reset 致命倒数 Xia Tian
2017 Brotherhood of Blades 绣春刀·修罗战场 Bei Ji
Empires of the Deep 人鱼帝国 Mistress of Suoyou Island

Television[edit]

Year Title Chinese title Role Notes
1993 Tang Ming Huang 唐明皇 young Princess Xianyi
Hou Wa 猴娃 Nannan
2004 The Story of a Noble Family 红粉世家 Li Xiaotao
Shuang Xiang Pao 双响炮 daughter in-law
2005 Days and a Bureau 天和局 Zhu Yuqiu
Strange Tales of Liaozhai 聊斋 Nie Xiaoqian
2006 The Return of the Condor Heroes 神雕侠侣 Guo Xiang
2007 Wang Zhao Jun 王昭君 Wang Zhaojun
Xiao Zhe Huo Xia Qu 笑着活下去 Cheng Xiaonuo
2008 Shang Shu Fang 上书房 Dun'er
2009 An Xiang 暗香 Miss Xiaojin
Chinese Paladin 3 仙剑奇侠传3 Tang Xuejian / Xiyao
2010 Detective Di Renjie – Prequel 神探狄仁杰前传 Ling Long
Beauty's Rival in Palace 美人心計 Mo Xueyan
The Dream of Red Mansions 红楼梦 Qing Wen
Unreasonable Bride 刁蛮新娘 Yan Xiaoman
2011 The Legend of the Twelve Chinese Zodiacs 十二生肖传奇 Qing Li
We Are a Family 我们是一家人 Xia Jiajia
Palace Luo Qingchuan / Hua Ying
Painted Skin 画皮 Xiao Hong
Hong Wu Da An 洪武大案 Cai Jue
The Four Brothers of Peking 新京城四少 Yin Baixue
Expressway of First Empire 大秦直道 Princess Ling
The Symphony of Fate 命运交响曲 Hao Anqi
Beauty World 唐宫美人天下 Qingluan
2012 Beijing Love Story 北京爱情故事 Yang Zixi
Palace II 宫锁珠帘 Luo Qingchuan / Huaying Cameo appearance
Ru Yi 如意 Ru Yi
Legend of the Military Seal 虎符传奇 Concubine Ru
2013 A Clear Midsummer Night 盛夏晚晴天 Xia Wanqing
2014 The Four Scholars in Jianghan 江南四大才子 Madame Tang Cameo appearance
Legend of the Ancient Sword 古剑奇谭 Feng Qingxue
The Micro Era of Love 微时代之恋 Luo Yi Also producer
2016 Les Interprètes 亲爱的翻译官 Qiao Fei
2017 Three Lives, Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms 三生三世十里桃花 Bai Qian

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Discography[edit]

  • 2012: Close to Me

Accolades[edit]

Acting[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2010 2010 China Feng Shang Awards Newcomer Award Won
2011 2011 Youku Television Index Festival Most Popular Actress Palace Won
2011 Oriental Film Festival Most Popular Actress of the Year Won
2011 MSN Fashion Night Annual Award Ceremony MSN Xing Yue Fashion Star Won
5th Entertainment Award Ceremony Special Attention Leaping Figure Palace Won
15th Annual Global Chinese Music Channel (Asian Influence Ceremony) Best TV Actress (Mainland) Won
17th Shanghai Television Festival Magnolia Award for Most Popular Actress Palace Won
4th Network Influence Top 10 Actors Won
2011 Feng Shang Power Ranking Annual Feng Shang Most Popular Actress Won
1st LeTV Awards Most Popular Actress - Asia Won
2011 Grand Ceremony Most Popular Movie Actress Mysterious Island Won
Beijing Television Cultural Decade Influence Festival Rookie of the Year Won
6th Huading Awards Best Theme Song "Ai De Gong Yang" Won
2011 Anhui Satellite TV National Drama Festival Most Popular Actress Won
2012 Sina Weibo Awards Night Most Influential TV Actress Won
Weibo Breakthrough Award Won
Weibo Queen Won
Fancy Shopping Zinan Chinese Influential Fashion Award Ceremony Person of the Year
TV Actress of the Year
Won
7th Sohu TV Drama Awards Network's Most Popular Actress Won
2nd LeTV Awards Most Commercially Valuable Film Actress Won
9th China Golden Eagle TV Art Festival Most Popular Actress Beijing Love Story Won
2013 4th TV Drama Awards Network's Most Popular All-Rounded Artist Won
2013 Asian Idol Awards Most Capable Producer Won
2014 3rd China International Film Festival London Most International Influential Actress Won
6th Fashion Power Ranking Best Actress Won
2015 2015 Powerstar Ranking Most Popular Actress: Mainland Won
5th Beijing International Film Festival Annual Goddess Award Won
1st China Network Annual Report Most Popular Actress The Microera of Love Won
2015 Good Actor Selection Female Actress Award Won

Music[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2012 Annual Beijing Pop Music Awards Most Popular Female Newcomer of the Year Won
16th Global Chinese Music Channel The Best Cross-Border Singer: Mainland Won
11th CCV-MTV Music Award Ceremony Most Popular Female Newcomer: Mainland Won
Baidu Music Award Ceremony Most Popular Single "Ai De Gong Yang" Won
6th 中国移动无线音乐盛典咪咕汇 Best-selling Television OST Won

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